Women Running Against Women

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As mentioned in my previous post, there are 11 U.S. House and Senate races this year in which women are the nominees from each major party. I've compiled some information and musings on each of these 11 races, which will be posted in full by next week:

California 5: Incumbent Democratic Rep. Doris Matsui is being challenged by Republican newcomer Xiaochin Claire Yan. Matsui is way up in the polls, but this has to be one of if not the first race in which an Asian-American woman is running against another Asian-American woman. I Googled the race and, despite this, virtually nothing has been written about it. Yan seems like a very interesting character, who was born in Shanghai and looks very young, indeed, on her website.

California 10: Veteran Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who I keep expecting to see running for governor, is challenged by Darcy Pearl Linn, a Republican. Linn's website (darcylinn.com) sports home page pictures of her with Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and President Bush, neither of which is going to lure support in the outskirts of San Francisco–even in the high-dollar, venture-capital oriented burbs. Linn's official bio on her website reads: "For more than two decades Darcy Linn been [sic] a successful business women, [sic] having worked her way up the ranks in corporate finance for Fortune 500 organizations such as The Gap, Discovery Channel, and Federated Department Stores." If she's been such a corporate guru, one wonders why can't she find and afford a good proofreader?

Up next: California's 16th